It's About Time

By Adam Caparell - October 23, 2007

It looks like the 2008 NFL Draft has a few changes in store and, quite frankly, it's about time.

With NFL owners meeting Tuesday in Philadelphia to discuss a number of issues surrounding the game, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a few changes to the draft format that should make it considerably more viewer - and media - friendly.

For starters, the time teams are allowed between first round selections has been reduced by five minutes, from 15 to 10. That was a big point of contention last year after the first round dragged on for an an agonizing 6 hours and 8 minutes - the longest first round in draft history.

Now if each of the 32 teams take the full 10 minutes, the first round would last a shade over 5 hours. A significant improvement for all involved.

Teams also saw the time allotted to choose a second round pick slashed by three minutes, from 10 to 7. And Goodell also announced that the starting time of the draft has been moved back.

"We believe this will make for a more streamlined and efficient draft," the commissioner said in a statement.

The 2008 draft, which will kickoff April 26-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, will begin at 3 pm instead of noon as has traditionally been the case. Going forward, only the first and second rounds will take place on Saturday and Sunday's starting time has been moved up an hour, from 11 am to 10 am to get in rounds three through seven.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:45 PM on October 23, 2007

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